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TEACHING ARTISTS

 

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Michael Kevin Baldwin (Actor/Director/Teacher/Playwright)

Michael Kevin Baldwin is the Director of Education and Associate Artistic Director of The Sharon Playhouse.  He has performed in dozens of productions on the Playhouse stage, most recently as Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast.  Other favorite acting credits include playing Tony Whitcomb in Shear Madnessat The Kennedy Center and The Notary in The Barber of Sevilleat The Metropolitan Opera.  Michael has taught at The Brearley School, Hunter College High School, Skidmore College, Ghost Light Theater Camp, TADA NYC, SOAR, and The Falls Village Children's Theater.  Michael has conducted masterclasses and delivered speeches all over the country, most notably serving as a keynote speaker for The Educational Theatre Association's "Theater in our Schools" initiative.  Michael received a Bachelor's Degree in Theater and Sociology from Skidmore College and a Master's Degree in Education from The City College of New York.

 

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Amber Cameron (Actor/Teacher/Choreographer)

Amber has been a professional dancer since moving to NYC from Seattle, WA in 2001 and has been fortunate to have toured nationally with CATS, Crazy For You, and Funny Girl.She has also performed for 7 years as a Rockette in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall and many other cities across the U.S. Amber has a BA from the University of Washington, is an ABT® Certified Teacher, and trains at Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center.  Since moving to Northwest CT in 2009, she has performed in theaters across Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York.  Amber has taught Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Musical Theater to dancers of all ages as well as choreographing productions for Housatonic Regional Valley High School, The Hotchkiss School, and The Taft School. 

 

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Sarah Cuoco (Actor/Teacher/Choreographer)

Sarah has been a dance teacher and choreographer since her teenage years, with a focus on Ballet, Jazz, and Musical Theater. Growing up the “Ballet teacher's daughter”, Sarah has spent her life observing and learning this art. Sarah has previously had the pleasure of teaching at The Ballet School (Lakeville, CT), The Studio (Amenia, NY), and was a sub for Lara Luzim at PMT (New York, NY). While living in New York City, she continued her training at Broadway Dance Center, Steps, and PMT. Musical Theater has also been a long time passion for Sarah. Outside of The Sharon Playhouse, Sarah has been a guest artist at schools such as Indian Mountain, Hotchkiss, the Brearley School, and Falls Village Children’s Theater. Currently Sarah is the dance teacher for Millbrook School. Sarah holds a teacher certificate from The National Dance Institute founded by Jacques D’Amboise, as well as a 200hr Certified Yoga Instructor.  

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Wanda Houston (Singer/Actor/Teacher)

Wanda is not only the lead vocalist for Heth, Bradley & Houston, the Wanda Houston Band and Big & Bigger, she also lends her talent to regional projects including the Convergence Progect, Mothership Trio, The VT Jazz Center Big Band and the NOLA inspired Rejuvenators.

 

For years, Houston sustained a bi-coastal career performing on stages with the likes of Barbara Streisand, Patti Austin, Joe Cocker, Celine Dion, Rick Astley and Sam Harris. A private scholarship in opera temporarily took her to USC where she prepared for the Met auditions. It was at this juncture she realized musical theater was her future.

 

Meanwhile, she toured with Motown legends Mary Wells, Martha and the Vandellas, and The Platters while performing with tribute band, The Marvelous Marvelettes. Later, she joined the cast of Michael Jackson's production of Larry Harts "Sisterella!" and toured through Germany, Austria and Australia.

 

After the tours, she made the move to New York City in the cast of "A Good Swift Kick."  and was later cast in the New York company of "Menopause the Musical".  She was "Negro Woman" on Broadway in the Roundabout Theater production of "A Streetcar Named Desire" staring John C. Reilly and Natasha Richardson and was a soloist with the Broadway Inspirational Voices who received a Grammy nomination for its Christmas album, "Great Joy."

 

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Andrus Nichols (Actor/Teacher)

Andrus Nichols is an award winning actress, arts leader, and community builder. She has been recognized by numerous organizations in multiple cities across the country for her work on stage, including: Helen Hayes, Drama League, Lucille Lortel, The OBIES, The IRNES, Eliot Norton, Off-Broadway Alliance, Broadway World, and The Jeff Awards.  She was the Co-Founder of the OBIE Award-winning Off Broadway company, Bedlam, where she originated many roles including the title role in George Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan, which she performed over 500 times in theatres up and down the East coast. She worked with Ivo Van Hove on the National Tour of the Young Vic production of A View From The Bridge which played at the Ahmanson Theatre in LA, The Kennedy Center in DC, and the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. Her most recent film project, South Mountain, was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival. Andrus has a BA in Comparative Literature from Bard College, and a Masters of Social Welfare from SUNY Albany.  She is the Artistic Director of The Coop: www.thecoopnyc.org

 

Emma Simon (Actor/Teacher)

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Emma Simon (she/her) is an actor and educator originally from the Hudson Valley, NY. She has performed throughout the US and internationally in opera, musicals, and dramatic works. Specializing in physically funny storytelling, she has trained extensively in clowning under Chris Bayes, Lucas Caleb Rooney, and David Shiner. As an educator, she has been a teaching artist at numerous theaters and organizations, including New York Stage & Film at Powerhouse Theater, CAT Youth Theater, SUNY Potsdam, SUNY Plattsburgh, and the New York State Theater Education Association. She holds a BM in Vocal Performance from The Crane School of Music, has undergone advanced teacher training in voice and speech with Beth McGuire and Jane Guyer Fujita, and is pursuing an MA in Applied Theatre from the City University of New York. She is currently on faculty at the Brearley School in NYC.